The Oldest Song in the World
4th Estate Australian fiction

We see this world through the eyes of Kate, a thirty-something, white, student linguist who has struggled for a sense of her own identity her entire life because of the circumstances and the forceful and beguiling personalities imposed upon her as a young girl. She is an outsider searching for the Aboriginal woman who can reveal to her the oldest song in the world.

Lyrical and brave, The Oldest Song in the World explores universal ideas of home, belonging and family with sensitivity and gentle insight. And it once again demonstrates that Sue Woolfe is one of Australia’s finest living writers.

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Sue Woolfe talks about The Oldest Song in the World on YouTube…


Painted Woman
Hudson 1989 -Allen and Unwin 1990, Random House 1999

Editions Phebus (in French) 2007 translated by Marie-Odile Fortier Masek
“Dazzling and disturbing…deliciously persuasive…emotionally dangerous.” Australian Book Review.

“An exquisitely intense book… dazzlingly conveyed…such robust, unpitying and honest writing about women that it becomes writing for everyone.”
Thomas Keneally (Schindler’s Ark)

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Leaning Towards Infinity
1996 – Random House

Also Womens Press 2003
“What a glorious, nourishing, tumultuous novel.” Fay Weldon

“For the Australian book of the century I would nominate….Sue Woolfe’s “Leaning Towards Infinity” for its luminous melding of style and subject matter.”
Jack Dann, Australian Style 1999

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The Secret Cure
Picador 2003

Also UWA press 2008
“Captivating with its intimations of sadness and profound insights, it seems to me that Woolfe has painted a picture of the tragic human condition of never quite fitting in to our tiny, pitiable worlds.” Courier Mail.

An unusual novel which requires the reader to simply surrender to its extraordinary beauty. Woolfe successfully combines a complex hart-wrenching love story with explorations into Asperger’s syndrome, autism, science, genetics, psychology, the human condition and the very nature of love.”
Book Tweep – Ann Somerville

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Making Stories
How Ten Australian Novels Were Written
by Kate Grenville and Sue Woolfe
Publisher: Allen and Unwin, 2001

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The Mystery of the Cleaning Lady
A Writer Looks at Obsession, Creativity and Neuroscience
Publisher: University of Western Australia Press, 2007

ISBN: 192069496X
Woolfe sleuthes her way through neuroscience and autobiography to produce this revelatory must-have for readers and writers as well as anyone interested in what it means to be creative.

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All In The Mind – Neuroscience and Creativity with Sue Woolfe (ABC Radio National)